Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Solid Earth, 10, 1581–1595, 2019
Solid Earth, 10, 1581–1595, 2019
Research article
20 Sep 2019
Research article | 20 Sep 2019

Miocene basement exhumation in the Central Alps recorded by detrital garnet geochemistry in foreland basin deposits

Laura Stutenbecker et al.

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The Aar and Mont Blanc regions in the Alps are large granitoid massifs characterized by high topography. We analyse when these granitoids were first exhumed to the surface. We test this by tracking specific garnet grains, which are exclusively found in the granitoid massifs, in the sediments contained in the alpine foreland basin. This research ties in with ongoing debates on the timing and mechanisms of mountain building.